" There should be this little Champagne truck that drives around the neighborhood in the evening playing French music. And we would hear it and run out with our money and stand on the pavement waiting for it. Like an ice cream truck, you know, but with Champagne."
Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
At the end of his talk someone from the audience asked the Dalai Lama,
"Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese?" The Dalai Lama looked
down, swung his feet just a bit, then looked back up at us and said with
a gentle smile, "Well, war is obsolete, you know." Then, after a few
moments, his face grave, he said, "Of course the mind can rationalize
fighting back ... but the heart, the heart would never understand. Then
you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind, and the war
would be inside you."
I believe in love and kindness, family first, deep meaningful friendships, counting one's blessings and giving to others what you yourself need. I strive to see life as a glass half full. I am very grateful for the life I have and all the wonderful people that make this grand adventure so worthwhile.